UCSB Innovation + Entrepreneurship 101 series

by Graduate Division Staff
Friday, September 18, 2020 9:00 AM

Join UC Santa Barbara Innovation + Entrepreneurship (UCSB I+E) for the inaugural I+E 101 series starting next week!

The I+E 101 series is designed to educate and encourage tech-minded students and postdocs to develop their interests in innovation and entrepreneurship at UCSB. There are a host of resources, from mentors to workspaces, which can be leveraged to succeed in this invigorating space.

Part I of the series will include an alumni panel of recently-graduated UCSB innovators sharing their experiences with entrepreneurship. In Part II, the leaders of their Partner Programs on campus will provide an overview of their I+E resources. Part III will be a panel of diverse innovators and entrepreneurs sharing their stories of success from the crossroads of intersectionality.

Part I: Alumni Stories -- Monday, September 21, 1-2 PM (PDT)

Moderator: Kristin Denault McCurdy (Fluency Lighting Technologies, Inc.)

Panelists: Taylor Heisley-Cook (The Hurd Co.); Bob Lansdorp (Milo Sensors); Heather Hochrein (EVmatch); Damien Kudela (Cayuga Biotech); Kevin Huynh-Tran (LegTrek team, 2020 New Venture season).

Part II: Resources for Involvement and Leadership -- Tuesday, September 22, 1-2 PM (PDT)

Panelists: David Adornetto (TMP); Emily Cotter (Bren Eco-E); Melissa Hingorani and Brian Dincau (MedVentures); Sherylle Mills Englander (TIA); Tal Margalith and Dave Bothman (CNSI)

Part III: Intersectionality in the Innovation Space -- Monday, October 12,
1-2PM (PDT)

Identifying new solutions, creating timely products, and innovating to meet a myriad of global needs takes a variety of perspectives, life experiences, and expertise. Hear from a panel of diverse innovators and entrepreneurs as they share their stories of success from the crossroads of intersectionality.

Moderator: Melissa Hingorani (MedVentures at UCSB; PhD Candidate in Psych & Brain Sci)


  • Abril Estrada (Chief Product Officer at Wild Earth Inc) 

  • Kavitta Ghai (Co-Founder & CEO at Nectir) 

  • Christian Johnson (Founder of Respond AI)

  • Angela Udongwo (CEO at InnoHealth Diagnostics) 

Register to receive ZOOM link here: https://forms-csep.cnsi.ucsb.edu/forms/PDS/Registration.php

UCSB I+E is composed of partner programs that support this initiative in their campus community: The Bren Eco Entrepreneurship program, California NanoSystems Institute (CNSI), the Center for Science & Engineering Partnerships (CSEP), MedVentures at UCSB, The Office of Technology & Industry Alliances (TIA), and the Technology Management Program (TMP).